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  • 12 Jun 2015

    WA photographer snaps two ANZANG awards

    The 2014 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton, with winning photographs in two of the 14 categories taken by WA photographer Keith Lightbody.

    WA Museum – Geraldton Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien said she hopes visitors enjoy seeing and learning about the special flora, fauna and landscapes in our bioregion.

    “It is a stunning exhibition which makes you appreciate how amazing our natural environment is and highlights the importance of its conservation,” Ms O’Brien said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Corporal James Davie Renner, 4th Divisional Signals Company, of Fremantle, Western Australia. Corporal Renner is sitting on a motor cycle, appropriately dressed in a sheepskin vest during what was one of the coldest winters in decades on the Somme.

    5 Jun 2015

    Recent First World War discoveries at WA Museum - Perth

    Visitors to the Western Australian Museum in Perth will have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary travelling exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt from 6 June 2015.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said it was a privilege to display the unique First World War exhibition, an exquisite collection of black and white images printed from the original glass-plate negatives, as part of the Museum’s Centenary of Service commemorative calendar.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Acrylic on canvas painting of a Midnight Oil concert in Warakurna

    3 Jun 2015

    New Aboriginal art movement showcased at Western Australian Museum - Albany

    An exhibition of unique works from an Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert will open this week at the Western Australian Museum – Albany.

    Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes features paintings and sculptures which were produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock), and will be on display from 6 June 2015.

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    Sharna Craig

  • WA Museum – Geraldton acting Regional Manager Leigh O’Brien sitting next to Community Advisory Committee chair Malcolm Smith and WA Museum – Geraldton Senior Projects Officer Catherine Belcher

    28 May 2015

    Make a difference to your Museum

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton is looking for community members to join its Community Advisory Committee.

    Nominations for two voluntary community representative positions are now open.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said he hopes to receive Expressions of Interest from people who want to be part of the history and future of Geraldton and the Mid West.

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  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    27 May 2015

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages including art, craft, balloon animals, and live music and dance performances.

    There will also be pony rides, a bouncy castle and a dog show.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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    Sharna Craig

  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    26 May 2015

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Albany

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Albany.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages, including art, craft, balloon animals, face painting, and music, circus, skipping and puppetry performances.

    There will also be a bouncy castle and a free community barbeque.

    WA Museum – Albany Regional Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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    Sharna Craig

  • An orange balloon with Celebrate WA written on it

    26 May 2015

    Celebrate WA Day at the WA Museum – Geraldton

    Relax with family and friends this WA Day and discover more about the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton.

    A festival event on the Museum grounds will have a range of free activities for all ages, including art, craft, face painting, and live music and performances.

    There will also be circus workshops and roving performers, a bouncy castle and food and drinks available for purchase.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the public holiday is a great time to explore and play at the Museum.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 15 May 2015

    Compelling WA press photography on display

    The work of WA’s most exciting news photographers has been captured in the 2015 WA Press Photographer of the Year exhibition, currently on display at the Western Australian Museum in Perth.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum is delighted to host this year’s exhibition.

    “This exhibition gives eyewitness accounts of this State’s major news events, sporting moments and incredible personal stories, captured by Western Australian photographers over the past year,” Mr Coles said.

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    Sharna Craig

  • 1 May 2015

    New images confirm the fate of HMAS Sydney (II)

    An expedition to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran has produced new photographic evidence which appears to confirm why Sydney was so quickly disabled, leading to catastrophic damage and the devastating loss of everyone on board.

    New high resolution images taken two days ago by Curtin University on board DOF Subsea's vessel Skandi Protector clearly shows, for the first time, a 15cm shell hole through the bridge at the compass platform.

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  • 28 Apr 2015

    Mission to document our worst naval tragedy

    An expedition to survey the historic World War II shipwrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and her nemesis HSK Kormoran using the latest high-resolution imaging technology has begun. 
     
    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was a very important expedition to one of the most inaccessible, yet significant heritage locations in Australia.
     

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    Sharna Craig

  • A postcard from Jack Bonney to Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey

    24 Apr 2015

    One Hundred Postcards from WWI front line

    An extraordinary collection of postcards sent to a Boulder woman from men serving on the front line of World War One will go on display at the Western Australian Museum – Perth, in time for Anzac Day.

    More than 100 postcards were sent from six young soldiers serving in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) to home-nurse Eliza ‘Lida’ Jane Downey.

    WA Museum history curator Stephen Anstey said the postcards were sent from the soldiers while they were training and on active duty overseas.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Advertisement from ‘Credit Lyonnais’ (a French bank). Image courtesy Merci Down Under/Dr Pierre Grézard.

    16 Apr 2015

    Commemorating World War One at the Western Australian Museum – Albany

    An exhibition honouring the Anzacs who fought to liberate France during World War One will open at the WA Museum – Albany this week.

    100 Affiches for a Centenary contains 100 original posters (affiches) which were hand painted from 1914 – 1918. The French war-time posters were used as propaganda to heighten patriotism during the War, and some feature the Anzacs. The rare posters are from French collector Dr Pierre Grézard’s collection.

    WA Museum – Albany Manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the exhibition is a great tribute to the centenary of World War One.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Crowds queue for tickets to Dinosaur Discovery when it was at the WA Museum

    9 Apr 2015

    WA's blockbuster Dinosaur Discovery exhibition now in Queensland

    The Western Australian Museum’s own blockbuster exhibition Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous has opened to rave reviews at the Queensland Museum and will be on display there until 5 October, 2015.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the exhibition broke all records for the WA Museum attracting more than 173,000 visitors, with strong demand seeing the exhibition extended for an extra three weeks.  Mr Coles believes it will be just as popular in Queensland.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Roebuck's bell found by team led by WA Museum's Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy

    19 Mar 2015

    Marking 300 years since the death of William Dampier

    The Western Australian Museum – Geraldton will host a series of free lectures to mark 300 years since the death of explorer William Dampier.

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology curator Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy will present the first of three lectures, Elusive Phantoms: Finding William Dampier and the Roebuck at 2pm, on Sunday 22 March 2015.  He will reveal the adventures of Dampier and describe how Their Majesties’ Ship Roebuck – one of the most famous exploration ships – was found.

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    Sharna Craig

  • WA Museum's Dr Zoe Richards examining corals at one of the ancient Leluh tombs

    16 Mar 2015

    WA Museum coral expert helps date ancient tombs

    Western Australian Museum researcher Dr Zoe Richards has identified coral used in three sacred pyramid tombs on a prehistoric Micronesian island to date their construction to the 14th Century, more than 300 years earlier than was previously thought.

    Dr Richards and an international team of scientists investigated the ages of corals used in the construction of sacred tombs that interred royalty on the Pacific Island of Kosrae. 

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    Sharna Craig

  • Australian men queuing to enlist, Melbourne Town Hall

    13 Mar 2015

    The Last Gentlemen of War extended

    Western Australian Museum CEO Alec Coles today announced that due to strong demand the Museum’s The Last Gentlemen of War exhibition will remain open for a further two weeks, now extended until Sunday, 10 May.

    Mr Coles said the exhibition, produced by the WA Museum, tells the compelling story on the Battle of Cocos, Australia’s successful first naval engagement in World War One which took place more than 100 years ago on 9 November, 1914.

    “While this story is relatively unknown, it is one which has brought great national pride to both countries,” Mr Coles said.

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  • Artisan’s recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Air screw

    12 Mar 2015

    Da Vinci Machines at WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s genius first-hand when da Vinci Machines opens at the Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Saturday 14 March.

    This exciting exhibition features 60 of his visionary inventions in the areas of flying machines, nautical innovations, and machines of war, alongside 15 beautifully crafted replicas of famous da Vinci artworks.

    WA Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Regional Manager Zoe Scott said the exhibition is unlike anything the Goldfields community has experienced.  

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  • Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photo by Marinco Kojdanovski. © Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

    11 Mar 2015

    Muslim women’s style on display in the Great Southern

    An exhibition showcasing Muslim women’s contemporary fashion will open at the Western Australian Museum – Albany and the Katanning Art Gallery this week.

    Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia focuses on an emerging modest fashion market and the work of Australian Muslim designers and entrepreneurs.

    A group of well-respected Australian Muslim women also share their experiences of faith and fashion.

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    Sharna Craig